"The Greens" in a real friendly test against its Iranian counterpart

The Algerian national football team will face its Iranian counterpart this Sunday in Doha at 19:00 Algeria time, in a preparatory friendly match that will be a real test for the national squad a few days after its successful start in the 2023 African Cup of Nations qualifiers by signing two consecutive victories. The national team, which succeeded in regaining the winning tone after two months of bitter exclusion from Al Sadd matches for the 2022 World Cup, by scoring two victories at the expense of Uganda (2-0) at the July 5 Olympic Stadium and against Tanzania (2-0) in Dar es Salaam in the 2023 African Cup of Nations qualifiers, will seek To confirm this awakening on the occasion of the friendly confrontation with his Iranian counterpart, one of the representatives of the Asian continent, in the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. And in the absence of the trio, Islam Soleimani, the historic scorer of the “Greens”, goalkeeper Rais Mbolhi and defender Issa Mandi, who national coach Jamal Belmadi decided to dismiss immediately after facing Tanzania on Wednesday, the national team is expected to appear with a different squad against Iran. Sunday’s match against Iran, which occupies the 21st rank in the FIFA world rankings, will be an opportunity for the national coach to introduce new elements that did not have the opportunity to appear in the previous two matches against Uganda and Tanzania. The national coach stressed earlier the importance of playing a friendly match on the occasion of the FIFA window for the month of June so that he could inspect the new players, especially since among the seven new elements who were called, only the duo Bilal Brahimi (Olympic-Nice) and Riad Ben Ayyad (ES Setif) participated in the tournament. The first two meetings in front of Uganda and Tanzania. This time, it will be an opportunity for goalkeeper Mandria, Zeddka, Omrani and Qadri to sign their first participation in the national squad against a strong competitor that has only suffered one defeat in its last 17 matches in various competitions, scoring 39 goals against only 6 goals that conceded. Hicham Boudaoui and Sofiane Bendabka will miss this Sunday’s match due to injury. It is noteworthy that the last confrontation between the Algerian and Iranian teams dates back to March 27, 2018, in the Austrian city of Graz, a match in which the Iranians won 2-1. The two teams have previously met on several occasions. In 1991, Algeria faced its rival Iran in the framework of the Afro-Asian Cup, where the Iranians won the first leg, which took place on September 27, 1991 in Tehran, 2-1, before the Greens outperformed in the second leg (1-0), which allowed the “greens” to lead Abdel Hamid. Karmaly from winning the title. The two teams also met on June 30, 1981 at the July 5 stadium in a friendly match that the Algerian team won (1-0). It is noteworthy that the Iranian team, which is supervised by Croatian coach Dragan Skosic, will participate in the 2022 World Cup in Group B, along with England, the United States of America and Gaul. For their part, the comrades of captain Riyad Mahrez will resume the 2023 African Cup of Nations qualifiers next September, facing Niger back and forth.

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